Qantas on brink of £200m biojet fuel joint venture


2011-01-02 Guardian UK
• Australian airline hopes to slash carbon emissions
• US partner Solena will also build plant in London for BA

A Qantas A380 being prepared for flight. The airline plans to build a biojet fuel plant in a deal with US group Solena. Photograph: James D. Morgan / Rex Features

A Qantas A380 being prepared for flight. The airline plans to build a biojet fuel plant in a deal with US group Solena. Photograph: James D. Morgan / Rex Features

The Australian airline Qantas will this month announce a deal to build the world’s second commercial-scale plant to produce green biojet fuel made from waste for its fleet of aircraft.

Its proposed partner, the US-based fuel producer Solena, is also in negotiations with easyJet, Ryanair and Aer Lingus about building a plant in Dublin, although this project is less advanced.

Airlines are trying to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels ahead of their entry into the EU’s carbon emissions trading scheme in January 2012 and the introduction of other new environmental legislation. Under the scheme, any airline flying in or out of the EU must cut emissions or pay a penalty.

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